Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria is rich in petroleum resources, but the challenges confronting the country are so enormous as to render oil earnings insignificant.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari spoke Thursday at State House, Abuja in farewell audience the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Sosa, who has been stationed in the country for five years.
He said he was pleased with relations between Cuba and Nigeria, particularly the hand of fellowship extended in health care, knowledge transfer, among other areas.
“We have deficit in infrastructure, in education, health care, and many other areas, but Cuba has always been helpful. What we earn from oil does not meet our needs, and we can use any assistance we get. Cuba has always been friendly and helpful,” the President said.
President Buhari said whether in uniform or out of it, he had always been glad to collaborate with Cuba, and hoped relations between the two countries will wax stronger.
Ambassador Sosa said his five years and nine days in Nigeria were filled with “warmth, love and friendship,” adding that he would never forget the country.
“I am not just being polite, I mean every word. We appreciate Nigeria a great deal,” he said.